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“Divided We Fall,” with David French

December 15th, 2020 | 2 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

Can you think of a single issue—political, cultural, religious, or anything—that is uniting Americans more than it is dividing them? David French joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to discuss the nature, causes, and responses to our current extreme polarization. David French’s new book on this very topic is Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation.

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December Promos [0:00]

The Many Takes of David French  [1:12]

Divided We Fall [2:45]

“Sometimes realism is bleak.” | What is negative polarization? [3:59]

How does social media unite or divide us? | Nut-picking Described [9:14]

Violence and Media Reporting [15:36]

The systems are sound; the people are not. [21:04]

Giving social media its proper blame [24:18]

Does winning looks like domination or accomodation? [30:06]

Defending the Possibility of Martyrdom [43:04]

Trump’s Antibodies to Weaponized Civility [50:16]

Festivus Traditions [57:22]


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Follow DerekAndrew, and Alastair for more tweet-sized brilliance. Thanks to Timothy Crouch for keeping us organized. Thanks to Tim Motte for his sound editing. And thanks to The Joy Eternal for lending us their music, which everybody should download out of gratitude for their kindness.

Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.